A collection of poetry by Rebecca Dunham, movement by Maggie Bergeron & Company and music by Nicholas Gaudette, Presented by Milkweed Editions
Join us for an evening of poetry, movement and music based on Rebecca Dunham’s Glass Armonica, winner of the 2013 Lindquist & Vennum Prize for Poetry. Maggie Bergeron & Company brings to the stage lush, precise movement set to and inspired by Dunham’s poetry and set to a backdrop of visceral live bass performance by Nicholas Gaudette.
"These gracefully exquisite poems navigate brutality, intrepidly seeking its origins and end. 'The body does not discriminate.' writes Rebecca Dunham: the body intermingles weakness and strength. These physically intelligent poems lead toward durable understandings.” –Joan Mackowski
Leaver's Ball (70:00) raucously explores the rite of passage known as the American Prom.
The scene is set for a magical night: the gym has been transformed into a fairytale land of wonder and romance with crepe paper and a disco ball. The music begins as the guests arrive, and the photographer begins posing and shooting the teenagers dressed in their finest and bleary-eyed from their transformations. The carnival of scenarios begins...
Thanks to a Jerome Travel and Study Grant, Maggie attended seven different high school proms across the country to gather information about the differences and similarities betwixt and between rural, urban, public and private schools. This production will reflect the cultural phenomenon as it manifests itself across geography, economies and generations.
Join this multi-generational cast for an evening of raucously wild and heartbreakingly honest prom stories that travel from now to then to tomorrow.
"This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund."
Maggie Bergeron & Company creates dance works by connecting engaging, resonant images with intriguing movement. Our work strives to stretch perceptions of the ordinary through contrast and idiosyncratic narrative. We always work in collaboration with dancers, musicians, carpenters, sound designers, and composers and are constantly looking for others to help shape what we do.
“Accidentally Walking Through Nothing” (12:00) methodically pieces together the idea of faith through the stories we tell ourselves to get through each day.
“House/Home” (35:00) explores ideas of our houses/homes as characters through which we must navigate to create our own existences.
“A Is for Amy” (35:00) is based on an unfortunate children’s alphabet written and illustrated by Edward Gorey and uses childlike characters to explore the tenuous line between horror and humor.
“It Is Morning” (7:00) is a trio that deconstructs the person/personalities of Grace Marks, the convicted murderess and heroine of Margaret Atwood’s Alias Grace as she attempts to remember the unrememberable.
“Absent” (6:45) is a quartet that creates an erie alternate reality as it explores the petty relationships sometimes developed and nurtured by girls and women.